Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) Special Circumstances Grant Opportunity

The CCCF Special Circumstances Grant Opportunity is designed to support continuity of child care, in particular in disadvantaged or vulnerable communities, where a service is:

  • at risk of closure due to an unforeseen event or circumstance, such as a natural disaster, or extreme weather event, or pandemic
  • at risk of permanent closure due to another event or circumstance, where that closure would result in a lack of suitable child care for the community, or 
  • seeking to commence a new service in a community where another service has closed, resulting in a lack of suitable child care.

Child care services who are approved for Child Care Subsidy (CCS) are eligible to apply for funding where there is a financial need in order to continue to provide child care in the community.

The amount of funding provided to applicants will be determined on a case-by-case basis, depending on the activity being funded and the circumstances of the applicant. Applicants can apply for funding more than once, for example where they have been impacted by more than one unforeseen event, such as bushfire and flood. 

Please refer to the CCCF Special Circumstances Grant Opportunity Guidelines.


The CCCF Special Circumstances opportunity is not a mechanism to receive top-up funding. Services in vulnerable and disadvantaged communities with a limited supply of child care that are at risk of permanent closure due to an unforeseen event may be eligible to apply for CCCF Special Circumstances funding. If your circumstances meet this eligibility criteria, your application for CCCF Special Circumstances will be assessed on its merits in accordance with the CCCF Special Circumstances Guidelines.

CCCF Special Circumstances grants continue to be available to support services experiencing viability issues due to a natural disaster or other unforeseen event, such as a bushfire or drought (see below).

Bushfire Support

On 17 January 2020, the Minister for Education, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, announced that the Australian Government will provide support through the Government’s CCCF Special Circumstances Grant funding for bushfire recovery efforts for child care services. To find out more read the Ministers media release.

Drought Support

On 7 November 2019, the Minister for Education, announced that the Government would provide an additional $5 million in funding through the CCCF Special Circumstances Grant to support child care centres experiencing decreased demand and financial pressure as a result of the drought. To find out more read the Ministers media release.

Eligible drought affected areas

The eligible drought affected areas list is based on the list of communities identified by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development for their Drought Communities Programme. If a service is not located in an identified drought affected area and they require financial support, they can email

How to apply

To apply complete the CCCF Special Circumstances application form. To assist with your application a budget template is also available.

For more information

The CCCF Special Circumstances Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) provides information on the grant.

The CCCF Special Circumstances Fact Sheet explains the grant in detail.